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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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By: Chris Caraballo @ 10:54 PM

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Mets Lose, They Annoy Me, They Are What I Thought They Were
By: Chris Caraballo @ 10:39 PM
The Mets lost tonight to the Cardinals 5-2 in St. Louis.

I've decided not to recap the game, we all can get that from many different sources.

For lack of a better term, I am pissed off!!

These Mets have not changed at all. The romance period of opening day, opening week, well that's all over. These guys are soft.

Here are some questions I'd like to get answered:

  1. Why is it that everytime the Mets score; they give back those runs and more in the following half inning???

  2. Was Johan Santana the only starting pitcher who left spring training??

  3. Can someone get a hit with RISP??

  4. Why is David Wright pull happy??

These are just some of the questions I ask myself on a night in night out basis. I dont care to talk about what good things the Mets are doing or what players are doing well because guess what? It is not translating into wins and when you are not winning all the miscues are magnified.

This is a soft team and I am starting to think this may be more than just a "bad start" by this team, what is wrong with thinking this may just be who they are???

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Mets; RISP, Citi Field History, Defense, Bullpen
By: Chris Caraballo @ 10:24 PM
Now that the Mets have played 13 games in which their record is 6-7 let's see how they stand.

Biggest Issue: RISP & Starting Pitching
Can someone get a flippin' hit with runners on board??!! To watch this team leave runners in scoring position night after night is just frustrating. This group thus far is looking like they are in September, their favorite month.

Outside of Johan Santana and I'll even say Livan Hernandez the rest of the rotation is just a joke. Why did Omar give Oliver Perez $36M for 3 years? How long will it take before Mets fans start to wonder if the John Maine we are seeing is the best we are going to get?? Mike Pelfrey is hurt, let's see how long this lingers before the Mets botch this injury?

Biggest Liability: Daniel Murphy in LF
The Mets have a big dilemma, the kid can flat out rake, but he can't play left field if his life depended on it. His defense has already impacted the outcome of 3-4 games. How long will the Mets be patient since he's such a potent bat? All I have to say is....He better keep hitting because his glove won't save him.

Bullpen: Not Taking Advantage of the New Duo
In order for the Mets to utilize the Putz/K-Rod connection they actually have to get to the 8th without blowing the lead or without the SP getting blasted. Outside of Brian Stokes everyone else needs to step up their game. It's sad that the Mets have used K-Rod in more non-save situations that save situations.

Front Office: Where is the Met History?
Even in building a brand new, state of the art field; the Mets still botch things (only them). The lack of Mets history has turned into a big issue and based on fan pressure, reluctantly left Doc Gooden's tag on a wall, I'd rather see that than most things there anyway.

Overall:
Same ole' Mets so far. I get so frustrated that I wish I can turn back to the off season and make some real gutsy moves to shake up this teams dynamic. They have no heart. They are the typical bully, they bounce on you when they can but when the other team fights back or get ahead, they run away and are nowhere to be found.

Let's hope is an April thing, but so far, this Met fan is disgusted.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Me, David Wright @ Madame Tussauds
By: Chris Caraballo @ 11:58 AM
I was in NYC on Tuesday and decided to stop in to say hello to D-Wright at Madame Tussaud's.

I thought they protrayed him well however I do not like the fact that they have him in a corner and Jeter gets his own wall with home plate and a back stop. I guess that is what 4 championships earn you.

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Mets 2-0; K-Rod Saves Again
By: Chris Caraballo @ 11:48 AM
The Mets improved to 2-0 with a 9-7 win last night against the Reds. It was a thrilling back forth game in which the Mets prevailed.

JJ Putz and Frankie Rodriguez made it interesting last night with Putz giving up a run and K-Rod escaped a bases loaded jam in the 9th.

The first 2 games have been pretty solid for the Mets. They were a little sloppy on the field in yesterday's game. The offense has been OK; they've left too many runners in scoring position. Starting pitching has been pretty good; despite Pelfrey's first inning he settled in nicely. Bullpen, although a scare yesterday has been good.

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Friday, April 3, 2009
Mets Sign Sheffield; Church Most Affected
By: Chris Caraballo @ 6:25 PM
It appears Gary Sheffield is headed to the Mets afterall. He and the Mets agreed today to a contract. Sheffield will take a physical and join the team tomorrow.

Omar Minaya stressed the point that Sheffield isnt guaranteed any spot, that he'd have to work for his playing time. He also mentioned that Jerry Manuel expressed the same line of thinking to Gary.

The Mets made this sound like a can't lose proposition, but truthfully why is Sheffield here? Because he wants to play and has made is clear he will only play for a team that gives him consistent regular time, the Mets had to have told him something to please his ears.

My opinion is the odd man out in this situation is Ryan Church. He better play well and not hit a slump of Sheffield will take his starting spot. The Mets love Daniel Murphy too much to reduce his role. Fernando Tatis' value has also diminished since he was the only right handed power option the Mets had, now he's the 2nd.

It will be interesting to see how Sheffield acts after #500 is out of the way and he can't seem to break Jerry Manuel's lineup. I know this for sure, he can't use the race card on this side of town like he did with the Yankees, his manager is the same ethnicity.

Let's hope he is a good citizen because he is working for a contract next year with some team. He definitely brings toughness to this team, no doubt about that. Do I want him, no, am I upset they got him, no, its one of those "ehh" things.

Also, so much for Nick Evans hard, well played spring training. He just lost his chance to be part of the opening day ceremony; which for him would have been special. I hope he doesn't get down, or lose motivation over this.

Its going to be an interesting debate in NY, I'd love to hear fellow Mets fans take.

What do you think of the Sheffield signing?

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Gary Sheffield on Mets; Sign Him?
By: Chris Caraballo @ 11:05 PM
Gary Sheffield was released by the Tigers early this week with Detroit eating his $14M dollar contract. I am not sure what logical team would want him, but I'll go through the due diligence with the Mets.

Personally, he fits everything we are looking for, power right handed bat. However, Sheffield brings a lot of baggage, he is a me guy and I cannot see him being a team player as a reserve on the Mets. Think about it, Jimmy Leyland loves Sheffield, so if the Tigers are just going to release him and eat up such a large amount, that proves he is just too much of a malcontent.

I say, let him hit #500 somewhere else and just go away with Barry Bonds somewhere and trade steroids stories. The only connection I ever want him to have to the Mets is that his uncle is Doc Gooden.

The idea however is interesting, I've heard some folks say for league minimum they'd sign him since he's making his money from Detroit.

I would love to hear fellow Met fans take as to why or why not.

Would you sign Gary Sheffield????

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Johan Santana Ready For Opening Day
By: Chris Caraballo @ 10:47 PM
Johan Santana completed his 2009 spring training with 3 innings against the Cardinals. He gave up solo homeruns to Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan (lefties, strange).

The next time we will see Johan Santana, it will be on Monday; opening day at the Cincinnati Reds. As we creep ever so closer!

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SI Predicts Mets Win World Series; Inside Look
By: Chris Caraballo @ 11:57 AM
For all of you who believe in Karma and jinxes; Sports Illustrated’s baseball predictions usually don’t bold well for the teams they select. If you believe in the Madden curse; where the player who gets the cover for the upcoming year for the most part had serious injuries or a bad year then you believe in the SI Jinx. SI doesn’t typically go out on the limb with their predictions. They’ve picked the Yankees in the AL 4 out of the past 8 years and they’ve picked the Cardinals 3 times over that span. Last year they hopped on the Detroit Tigers bandwagon after they traded for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis and we know how that train wreck turned out.

This prediction is not a shocker. Many people around baseball believe the 2008 Mets were a strong team but their bullpen was horrible. With the same team in tact, and Omar getting 2 of the best closers in baseball in K-Rod and Putz to form the best late inning tandem in baseball; its an easy equation to put the Mets on top erasing all the late inning losing last year into wins this year. As a Met fan, I would very much rather have SI keep the Mets out of their mouths as their picks never pan out.

Since 2001 SI’s has not made a correct World Series prediction and has only been correct on 2 of the teams in the World Series (12%). Below is a breakdown of their predictions and the actual World Series played.

  • 2001: Predicition- Yankees Beat Cardinals (Verducci) | Actual – D-Backs Beat Yankees (predicted NYY in World Series, not rocket since as they has won 4 of the previous 5 World Series)
  • 2002: Predicition - Yankees Beat Cardinals (Verducci) | Actual – Angels Beat Giants
  • 2003: Predicition - A’s Beat D-Backs (Verducci) | Actual – Marlins Beat Yankees (only year SI didn’t pick the Yankees in a 5 year span and they got to the series)
  • 2004: Predicition - Cubs Beat Yankees | Actual – Red Sox Beat Cardinals
  • 2005: Predicition - Yankees Beat Braves | Actual – White Sox Beat Astros
  • 2006: Predicition - White Sox Beat Cardinals | Actual – Cardinals Beat Tigers
  • 2007: Predicition - Angels Beat Dodgers | Actual – Red Sox Beat Rockies
  • 2008: Predicition - Tigers Beat Cubs | Actual – Phillies Beat Rays
  • 2009: Predicition – Mets Beat Angels | Actual - ??????

Picking the Mets to win this year is SI’s first NL pick in 5 years. They picked the Cubs in 2004 but that was most likely due to their heart break in the NLCS in 2003. With the NL and AL each taking 4 titles in the past 8 years I am sure they are looking to balance their predictions as their AL love fest has not come to fruition.

Bottom line Met fans, its easy to get excited about something like this, but I’d rather not have the Mets being part of any predictions to win the World Series until they can overcome their September demons. Some quotes from Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel

"I've always said championships are won on the field, not on predictions," Mets GM Omar Minaya said. "The cover business, I don't believe in it. The bottom line is: I think we're a good team, but we've been a good team on paper for the past three years, and all we have to show right now is one playoff appearance."

"That's all right with me," Manuel said. "Anybody. My kids and dogs and all the other folks, they picked me, too."


For the Mets fans sake, let’s hope SI gets it right this year.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Mentality Of A Met Fan
By: Chris Caraballo @ 5:02 PM
With the 2009 season just 6 days away; I decided to analyze the Met fan mentality in not only myself but other Mets fans I speak to on a daily basis. Its funny how with the change of season from winter to spring there is also a change in how we feel about our team. We Mets fans go from seeing the glass half empty to seeing it half full. For example, from Oct-Feb many of us thought we needed to make changes to this team and I’ve heard a million times how if Carlos Delgado and Luis Castillo were going to be on this team most fans wouldn’t be happy. Well, how about today? Fans I speak to now believe that not only does Delgado belong on this team but he will pick up where he left off from the 2nd half of 2008, also there is some acceptance of Luis Castillo with his good spring and is batting 8th in the order this year.

So the question to be asked is: What factors swing the Met fans mentality?

Here are some reasons I’ve analyzed based on discussions as to why fans (me included) went from pessimistic to optimistic for the 2009 season:

5. Aaron Heilman and Scott Schoenweis are gone.
As the 2008 season continued and neared its end I don’t remember one time when I saw Heilman come out of the bullpen and I didn’t smack the couch or say “That’s it, we lost”. He caused lots of frustration to Mets fans. His desire to always wanting to start caused even more tension. As for Schoenweis, he was not that bad last year, but all I have is 2 words when it comes to Schoenweis; Wes Helms. Omar Minaya knew he had to make over the bullpen and this group had wore out its welcome.

4. The Starting Rotation is Young & Daniel Murphy
After years of mid 30’s to 40 yr old starting pitchers (Glavine, El Duque, Pedro) we now usher in a new era that is anchored of course by Johan Santana, but the new #2, Mike Pelfrey who emerged last year to show his potential. John Maine barring he can bounce back from his shoulder injury should be a 15 win pitcher. Ollie Perez, well, he dominates the Phillies and so we have to love that. 4 / 5 of our starting rotation is 30 and under. There are also some promising arms in Jon Niese and Dillon Gee waiting in the wings. Livan Hernandez should be suitable to what any team would want out of a #5 guy. (I still want Pedro!).

Daniel Murphy hit hit and kept on hitting until the Mets finally could not continue with the talk of a platoon of Murphy and Tatis in left. He will be the Mets everyday left fielder and #2 hitter (against righties and lefties). I can envision him taking over 1st base in the future. However how excited are you to think of the diamond trio of Wright on 3rd, Reyes at SS, and Murphy in left, home grown talent and major parts of this team. We didn’t go out and buy all stars for each position (hear that Yankees??????) after years of lacking development the Mets are known developing solid big league product. If I had to compare Murphy to one guy in the majors, he is the Mets version of Dustin Pedroia; young, plays hard, and will emerge as a big presence on this team as the year progresses. I can’t wait for his commercials next year for MLB 2010 The Show! =)

3. K-Rod & Putz
The Mets go from blowing the most late inning leads and saves in MLB to having possible the game’s most dominant 8-9 inning combination. JJ Putz throws 100 miles an hr, the former closer in Seattle will set-up for Mr. Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod comes off a record setting season in which he saved 62 games for the Angels. He was not dominant last year, he had some adventures, but the man knows how to close games. With the excitement and his animated personality, he will fire up Met fans all year long.

2. Citi Field
Shea Goodbye. Yes, it was a dump but it was our dump and there definitely is some nostalgia. However, with a new stadium comes new hope. Citi Field represents a new era for the Mets, a clean slate to write historic chapters in this team’s history. Shea was site to some of baseball most memorable moments, however many Met fans will attest to having their hearts broken at this stadium more often that not. It will be nice to play this season in a new stadium which metaphorically can be the catalyst to erasing the collapses at Shea in 2007 and 2008. Let’s call Citi Field our good luck charm as we embark on its first year of existence.

1. It’s a New Season
Simple. Every year when the grass grows, and the weather warms up a bit all Met fans get that feeling, its baseball time. Every team and all fans feel the new year is their year to take it all. The heartache from last year is put to the side, and we all are optimistic that every player will have a huge year as we run away with the championship. Once the season starts and reality starts to set in that an opening day HR by David Wright does not mean he is on pace for 162 HR’s things may change. However, as long as you are a fan once the season is near you forget all you don’t like, all you’ve complained about, frustrations, hurts, it all doesn’t matter. It’s 2009.

Being a Met fan is definitely a roller coaster ride. Die hard fans like myself take losses personal, scream at the television, and other over the top behavior. It’s what’s great about being a Met fan; you look to a better day.

Someone once asked me “If the Mets get you so mad and frustrated at times, why watch?” My response “It will make it that much sweeter when we will it all”

LET’S GO METS!

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